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Man carrying BB gun arrested near UMD


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- University of Maryland police say a man carrying a BB gun that was modified to resemble a rifle was arrested near campus Friday.

Police received a report of an elderly male carrying what appeared to be a weapon off campus on 54th Avenue in the Lakeland community near the railroad tracks, according to University Police.

We're told the man was spotted running from the area to his residence on Lakeland Road.

Officials say the BB gun was modified to resemble a rifle. At no time did the man point or fire the BB gun at any person, according to police.

Prince George's County Police initially responded and were later joined by University Police as well as Maryland Park Police officers. The Prince George's County Police are handling this case.


University of Md. breached data goes back to 1992


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Officials at the University of Maryland say a database breach last month affects fewer people than first reported, but it affects students who attended the school years earlier than initially thought.

Officials announced Wednesday that the breach affects about 288,000 records, about 21,000 fewer than reported last month. However, officials now say the breached data included records for some students stretching back to 1992, not just 1998.

Last month, officials announced that the database included Social Security numbers and dates of birth for students, faculty and staff issued university IDs at the College Park and Shady Grove campuses since 1998. Officials now say more than 56,000 records for students who attended between 1992 and 1998 were in the database too.

School officials say an investigation into the breach continues.

UMD police seeking sex offense suspect


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- University of Maryland police need your help finding a suspect connected to a fourth degree sex offense on campus.

The incident happened on Monday at approximately 3:30 p.m. inside Marie Mount Hall between the first level stairs and the next level, according to police.

The suspect is described as a white male, late 20s to early 30s, wearing a purple button dress shirt and gray slacks, with brown curly hair, and wearing prescription eye-glasses.

If you remember seeing a person fitting the above listed description, please call police at 301-405-3555 and ask to speak with a detective. You may also email any information to investigations@umpd.umd.edu


UMPD seek help in robbery incidents


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- The University of Maryland Police Department is seeking the assistance of the UMD community regarding a robbery that happened very early Sunday morning.

Police said the robbery was by force and no weapons were involved. It happened around 1:16 a.m. in the area of Susquehanna Hall.

If you have any information or were in that area at the time, please contact police at 301-405-3555 and ask to speak with a detective.

You may also email information to investigations@umpd.umd.edu.


UMD extends credit protection after breach


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- The University of Maryland President has ordered an extension of credit protection services from one year to five years of coverage to every one affected by a recent data breach, he said in a letter.

Last week, 309,079 records of faculty, staff, students and affiliated personnel were breached, according to the University's president, Wallace D. Loh in a note to students and faculty.

He said that people's financial records had not been compromised, even though all of their personal information was hacked. Records dating back to 1998 were compromised, according to Loh.

Loh has formed a task force called the 'President's Task Force on Cybersecurity' which will complete an investigation and submit the recommendations to the President within 90 days.

Multiple thefts reported in UMD dorms

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- University Police are warning the public about multiple break-ins that have occurred on campus.

Police say they received reports of eight breaking and entering incidents between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. that happened in Centerville Hall and Cumberland Hall on Friday.

In those incidents, a male suspect entered eight different unlocked dorms and stole personal property, according to police. Officials say the residents encountered the suspect in each incident and he would leave without confrontation.

The suspect is described as an African American male, approximately 5'10", between mid-20's to early 30's in age, wearing a black knit hat, wearing all black with black pants, carrying two black or navy bags, one with red trim. Police say he has a rough complexion and spoke with a foreign accent.